Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 2, Episode 22

The Wire (8 May 1994)

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Dr. Bashir fights to save Garak's life when a device implanted in his brain, designed to alleviate pain in the event of torture, begins to malfunction and is slowly killing him.



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Episode cast overview:
Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
Jake Sisko (credit only)
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
Glinn Boheeka
Ann Gillespie ...


Garak and Bashir are waiting in line in the mess hall when suddenly Bashir notices Garak is not feeling well. He seems to be having some kind of a seizure but refuses treatment. Bashir remains concerned, especially after he shows some weird behavior. He sees Garak doing a business transaction with Quark, getting himself drunk in the bar and finally collapsing. An examination shows he has an implant in his head. Garak has no other option than to tell the truth. He got secret information and to avoid giving it away the implant releases the pleasure hormone during interrogations. But to avoid depression he has kept the implant on for more than a year. It is now giving out and slowly killing him. While Bashir searches for a cure, Garak tells him contradicting stories about his past. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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This takes place in 2370. See more »


During the fight scene in Garrak's quarters, the feet of a crew member are briefly visible. See more »


[Odo and Bashir are secretly monitoring one of Quark's late-night activities]
Dr. Julian Bashir: I hope you don't have one of these little bugs hidden in *my* quarters.
Odo: Should I?
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References Rashomon (1950) See more »


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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Garak tells the truth... especially when he lies
30 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Dr. Bashir and Garak are queuing for lunch Garak starts to feel unwell but refuses his friends offer of treatment. Later the doctor sees Garak talking to Quark and after Garak collapses the next day he finds that there is a device implanted in his brain. Assuming he is after technology to neutralise it Bashir mentions seeing him talking to Quark to Odo who offers to let him see Quark's supposedly secret message to a Cardassian; as soon as he enters the code for the item Garak wants alarms sound and the Cardassian says that his career is over as that item is classified by the Obsidian Order, the Cardassian Secret Intelligence Service. Over the course of the episode Garak admits that he was involved with the order then explains how he came to be expelled from the order and been exiled... he explains several times and each story is different. When the doctor goes to see the former head of the order to seek help he hears yet another story.

As with most Garak episodes this was delightful mainly due to the way Andrew Robinson portrays the mercurial Cardassian tailor. This final line about everything he says being true... especially the lies was fantastic.

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